A HISTORIC Mearns mansion that was the childhood home of Victorian Prime Minister, William Ewart Gladstone, has been sold to a developer.
For almost two centuries, Fasque House at Fettercairn has been one of the great country mansions of Scotland and synonymous with the Gladstone name.
The vast Georgian mansion was bought by the four-times PM's father, Sir John Gladstone, in 1826 and it was where the future leader of the Liberal Party spent much of his childhood and formative years.
Throughout his life he continued to visit the family home as often as he could, often walking the 15 miles from Banchory railway station.
Latterly, the owner of Fasque has been Charles Gladstone, who lives with his family on the estate. In recent years he has overseen an extensive programme of renovations, with a complete rebuilding of the roof, electric wiring replacement and alarm system installation.
The main activity at the house recently has been the hosting of weddings, but now the family have decided to sell it off to a developer for the possible conversion into luxury flats.
Charles Gladstone says the sale will breath new life into the historic building and enable the estate to survive and continue to employ more people every year.
The developers are understood to be Kincardine Farms. A company by that name was registered at a Dundee address last month.
The sale includes the house, stables, home farm buildings and houses, within 300 acres of ground.
The whole Fasque Estate totals 38,000 acres and includes grouse moors and forestry.